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Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social issues > Consumer issues

The New Economics of Sustainable Consumption - Seeds of Change (Hardcover): G. Seyfang The New Economics of Sustainable Consumption - Seeds of Change (Hardcover)
G. Seyfang
R3,014 Discovery Miles 30 140 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book offers a fresh look at sustainable consumption, exploring how grassroots community action can spread ideas in society. It presents a "New Economics" approach based on alternative measures of wealth and value, examining how these are put into practice through local organic food systems, low-impact eco-housing, and complementary currencies.

The New Economics of Sustainable Consumption - Seeds of Change (Paperback): G. Seyfang The New Economics of Sustainable Consumption - Seeds of Change (Paperback)
G. Seyfang
R1,645 Discovery Miles 16 450 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Climate change is forcing us to rethink our lifestyles, but green consumerism won't save the planet. Mainstream approaches simply cannot deliver the radical changes we need for a sustainable society. This book, now available in paperback, offers a fresh look at sustainable consumption, presenting a holistic "New Economics" approach. It explores how grassroots community actions for sustainability are experimenting with new ways of working, measuring value and progress, and expressing ecological citizenship.
Local organic food systems, low-impact eco-housing, and complementary currencies are examined to measure their success at delivering localized economies and inclusive communities, enabling people to reduce their ecological footprints, harnessing collective energies and building new forms of social organization. Viewing these activities as innovative "green niches," the book explores the opportunities for grassroots innovations to spread and influence wider society, and the barriers preventing them achieving their potential.

The Politics and Pleasures of Consuming Differently (Hardcover): F. Trentmann, M. Ryle, L. Thomas, Kate Soper The Politics and Pleasures of Consuming Differently (Hardcover)
F. Trentmann, M. Ryle, L. Thomas, Kate Soper
R3,193 Discovery Miles 31 930 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This volume casts a critical eye on representations and practices of consumption in the Western world. It offers a unique contemporary perspective on the themes of counter-consumerism, ecological crisis and sustainability that are rising fast on the political and cultural agenda.

Eco-Standards, Product Labelling and Green Consumerism (Paperback): M. Bostroem, M. Klintman Eco-Standards, Product Labelling and Green Consumerism (Paperback)
M. Bostroem, M. Klintman
R1,729 Discovery Miles 17 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

As conscientious consumers, we have become overwhelmed with alarms about food contamination, over-fishing, clear-felled forests, loss of biodiversity, climate change, chemical pollution, and other environmental and health-related risks. This book is an analysis of a primary set of tools aimed at dealing with these risks: green labels and other eco-standards. The authors address political, regulatory, discursive, and organizational circumstances and raise the questions: how can ecological complexities be translated into a trustworthy and categorical label? Is there a mismatch between the production and consumption of green labels? Is it possible to achieve broad public participation in environmental issues through labelling? This is a timely book that provides a social and policy-oriented analysis of the challenges for green consumerism through green labelling.

The Soviet Dream World of Retail Trade and Consumption in the 1930s (Hardcover): A. Randall The Soviet Dream World of Retail Trade and Consumption in the 1930s (Hardcover)
A. Randall
R2,260 Discovery Miles 22 600 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the early 1930s Soviet authorities launched a campaign to create "socialist" retailing and also endorsed Soviet consumerism. How did the Stalinist regime reconcile retailing and consumption with socialism? This book examines the discourses that the Stalinist regime's new approach to retailing and consumption engendered.

Eco-Standards, Product Labelling and Green Consumerism (Hardcover): M. Bostroem, M. Klintman Eco-Standards, Product Labelling and Green Consumerism (Hardcover)
M. Bostroem, M. Klintman
R3,020 Discovery Miles 30 200 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Introduction: Green Consumerism, Green Labelling?
The Historical Context Key Trends
Green Labels and other Eco-Standards: A Definition
The Consumers Role: Trusting, Reflecting or Influencing?
Our Cases
Sceptical and Encouraging Arguments
Policy Contexts and Labelling
Three Framing Strategies: From a Complex Reality to a Categorical Label
Organizing the Labelling
Dealing with Mutual Mistrust
Green Labelling and Green Consumerism: Challenges and Horizons


Mediating Health Information - The Go-Betweens in a Changing Socio-Technical Landscape (Hardcover, New): N Wathen, S Wyatt, R.... Mediating Health Information - The Go-Betweens in a Changing Socio-Technical Landscape (Hardcover, New)
N Wathen, S Wyatt, R. Harris
R2,446 Discovery Miles 24 460 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Welcome or not, most citizens in Western countries are unable to go through a day without receiving a dose of health information. This book examines the ways in which ordinary people locate and digest the amount of health information available today, focusing on the unexplored 'middle' place of human and technical mediators.

Consumption and the Transformation of Everyday Life - A View from South India (Hardcover): H. Wilhite Consumption and the Transformation of Everyday Life - A View from South India (Hardcover)
H. Wilhite
R2,564 Discovery Miles 25 640 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book makes a significant contribution to understanding why consumption is growing in importance in India.This book interrogates the ways that consumption is implicated in socio-cultural changes. It examines the power of the media and advertising, and the role of transnational marketing in consumption. It provides insights into the changes resulting from the engagement of local practices with the globalizing economy. It offers timely focus on phenomenal growth in Indian consumption. Harold Wilhite makes an important new contribution to the interpretation of changing consumption in India, using an ethnographic approach to interrogate the rapid growth in the consumption of household durables, beauty and cleanliness products. Insights show how the engagement of local practices with the globalizing economy result in change.

In Cheap We Trust - The Story Of A Misunderstood American Virtue  (Paperback): Lauren Weber In Cheap We Trust - The Story Of A Misunderstood American Virtue (Paperback)
Lauren Weber 1
R413 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R51 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

What does it mean to be cheap? When is it mature to stow money away and when is it miserly, even Scrooge-like? And how might Americans navigate the economic downturn in an era when everything seems disposable and when credit has felt dangerously unlimited?

In answering these questions, In Cheap We Trust combines a consideration of cheapness as it relates to personality, lifestyle, and philosophy with a colorful ride through the history of thrift in America, from Ben Franklin and his famous maxims to Hetty Green, the 19th-century millionaire named by Guinness as "the world's most miserly person," to the branding of Jews, Chinese, and other ethnic groups as cheap in order to neutralize the economic competition they represented.

Weber also explores contemporary expressions and dilemmas of thrift, from Dumpster-diving to Keynes's "Paradox of Thrift" to today's recession-driven enthusiasm for frugal living.

Stealing Your Life (Paperback): Frank Abagnale Stealing Your Life (Paperback)
Frank Abagnale
R344 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R20 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The charismatic forger immortalized in the film "Catch Me If You Can" exposes the astonishing tactics of today's identity theft criminals and offers powerful strategies to thwart them, based on his second career as an acclaimed fraud-fighting consultant.

Lived Experiences of Public Consumption - Encounters with Value in Marketplaces on Five Continents (Hardcover): D. Cook Lived Experiences of Public Consumption - Encounters with Value in Marketplaces on Five Continents (Hardcover)
D. Cook
R2,437 Discovery Miles 24 370 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Lived Experiences of Public Consumption "brings together original research of anthropologists and sociologists whose work begins with the premise that culture and markets/commerce are inseparable. Chapters cover a range of topical areas such as authenticity in a Thai handicraft market, higgerling among women in Jamaica and global shopping in Australia. Cultures and practices from almost every continent are represented in studies addressing the ways in which the shifting landscapes of global commerce find expression in the political dynamics of marketplaces.

Governance, Consumers and Citizens - Agency and Resistance in Contemporary Politics (Hardcover): M. Bevir, F. Trentmann Governance, Consumers and Citizens - Agency and Resistance in Contemporary Politics (Hardcover)
M. Bevir, F. Trentmann
R2,638 Discovery Miles 26 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This is the first book to bring together a focus on governance with that on cultures of consumption. It asks about the changing place of the consumer as citizen in recent trends in governance, about the tensions between competing ideas and practices of consumerism, and about the active role of consumers in the construction of governance. The book seeks to expand the debate about consumers and governance and to raise the possibility of new conceptions and policy agendas.

Gender Divisions and Working Time in the New Economy - Changing Patterns of Work, Care and Public Policy in Europe and North... Gender Divisions and Working Time in the New Economy - Changing Patterns of Work, Care and Public Policy in Europe and North America (Paperback)
Diane Perrons, Colette Fagan, Linda McDowell, Kath Ray, Kevin Ward
R1,093 Discovery Miles 10 930 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Contemporary societies are characterised by new and more flexible working patterns, new family structures and widening social divisions. This book explores how these macro-level changes affect the micro organisation of daily life, with reference to working patterns and gender divisions in Northern and Western Europe and the United States. Through detailed comparative analysis and case studies from France, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the US, this collection demonstrates how, despite globalisation and the spread of neo-liberalism, states still exercise some autonomy in terms of the implementation of equalities and 'city time' policies. These policies affect people's capacity to organise their daily lives and ameliorate the adverse impact of new working patterns. However, the authors also show that, despite the proliferation of work-life balance policies which potentially encourage a greater reconciliation of caring and paid work, inequalities in the distribution of paid work and caring between men and women remain remarkably resilient. Bringing together academic analysis and policy studies, Gender Divisions and Working Time in the New Economy will appeal to students and scholars of comparative social policy, economic sociology, economic geography and sociology. In particular, those with an interest in issues of employment relationships, gender, welfare states, working time, work-life balance and 'city time' will find the book to be of great value.

Tescopoly - How One Shop Came Out On Top And Why It Matters (Paperback, Illustrated Ed): Andrew Simms Tescopoly - How One Shop Came Out On Top And Why It Matters (Paperback, Illustrated Ed)
Andrew Simms 3
R368 R313 Discovery Miles 3 130 Save R55 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

You can shop anywhere you like -- as long as it's Tesco The inexorable rise of supermarkets is big news but have we really taken on board what this means for our daily lives, and those of our children? In this searing analysis Andrew Simms, director of the acclaimed think-and-do-tank the New Economics Foundation and the person responsible for introducing 'Clone Towns' into our vernacular, tackles a subject none of us can afford to ignore. The book shows how the supermarkets -- and Tesco in particular -- have brought: " Banality -- homogenized high streets full of clone stores " Ghost towns -- superstores have drained the life from our town centres and communities " A Supermarket State -- this new commercial nanny state that knows more about you than you think " Profits from poverty -- shelves full of global plunder, produced for a pittance " Global food domination -- as the superstores expand overseas But there's change afoot, with evidence of the tide turning and consumer campaigns gaining ground. Simms ends with suggestions for change and coporate reformation to safeguard our communities and environment -- all over the world. This book has been written and published independently from the Tescopoly Alliance and is not endorsed by them.

Trust in Food - A Comparative and Institutional Analysis (Hardcover, 2007 ed.): U. Kjaernes, M. Harvey, A. Warde Trust in Food - A Comparative and Institutional Analysis (Hardcover, 2007 ed.)
U. Kjaernes, M. Harvey, A. Warde
R2,431 Discovery Miles 24 310 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Scandals in food, growth of supermarket power, new technologies and crises in obesity have shaken popular trust in food across Europe. The BSE epidemic, concern over GM foods, dioxin scares and avian flu have placed consumer trust and how to restore it at the top of government agendas. Uncovering surprising differences between countries, "Trust in Food" examines these issues to challenge the idea of the consumer as a sovereign individual and to demonstrate how consumption is institutionalized within societies.

Global Culture Industry - The Mediation of Things (Paperback): Scott Lash, Celia Lury Global Culture Industry - The Mediation of Things (Paperback)
Scott Lash, Celia Lury
R482 Discovery Miles 4 820 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the first half of the twentieth century, Theodor Adorno wrote about the 'culture industry'. For Adorno, culture too along with the products of factory labour was increasingly becoming a commodity. Now, in what they call the 'global culture industry', Scott Lash and Celia Lury argue that Adorno's worst nightmares have come true.

Their new book tells the compelling story of how material objects such as watches and sportswear have become powerful cultural symbols, and how the production of symbols, in the form of globally recognized brands, has now become a central goal of capitalism. "Global Culture Industry" provides an empirically and theoretically rich examination of the ways in which these objects - from Nike shoes to Toy Story, from global football to conceptual art - metamorphose and move across national borders.

This book is set to become a dialectic of enlightenment for the age of globalization. It will be essential reading for students and scholars across the social sciences.

Trust in Food - A Comparative and Institutional Analysis (Paperback): U. Kjaernes, M. Harvey, A. Warde Trust in Food - A Comparative and Institutional Analysis (Paperback)
U. Kjaernes, M. Harvey, A. Warde
R766 Discovery Miles 7 660 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The BSE epidemic, GM foods, avian flu, the growth of supermarkets and the crisis in obesity have shaken consumer trust in food. Uncovering surprising differences between countries, Trust in Food examines this and challenges the idea of the consumer as a sovereign individual, demonstrating how consumption is institutionalized within society.

Actitudes que atraen el exito (Spanish, Paperback): Wayne Cordeiro Actitudes que atraen el exito (Spanish, Paperback)
Wayne Cordeiro
R208 R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Save R64 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Pasos practicos para desarrollar valores internos y perspectivas que cambiaran su vida Cordeiro le muestra por que las llaves a una vida abundante estan encrustadas en la Palabra de Dios, y el explica cuales son esas llaves por medio del humor y la perspicacia.

Si usted no esta experimentando la vida completa que Dios ha creado para usted, este libro le mostrara los errores mas comunes que todos nosotros cometemos sin darnos cuenta, que es lo que separa a los triunfadores de los perdedores, como ver a la gente de la misma forma que Dios lo hace y como cambiar su manera de pensar. Ese nuevo futuro esta mas cerca de usted de lo que piensa. De hecho, esta a un cambio de actitud de distancia

Work, Consumption and Culture - Affluence and Social Change in the Twenty-first Century (Hardcover, New): Paul Ransome Work, Consumption and Culture - Affluence and Social Change in the Twenty-first Century (Hardcover, New)
Paul Ransome
R2,560 Discovery Miles 25 600 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The central question in Work, Consumption and Culture is whether consumption has now displaced production as the defining factor in the lives of those in the industrialized West. This book offers a comprehensive review of the key issues in the production/consumption debate, and where it might lead in the future.

Key to Paul Ransome s argument is the hypothesis that affluence is the crucial factor in the shift away from work and towards consumption. Uniquely emphasizing the links between work, consumption and culture, rather than keeping each element separate, the author looks at:

- the changing significance of work in society

- the meaning, growth and significance of affluence

- the growing importance of consumption as a source of identity and its implications

the impact of the shift to consumption on work/life balance

Work, Consumption and Culture engages the reader with its lively debating style. It is an essential introduction for sociology and cultural studies students on courses relating to consumption and the role of work in contemporary society.

This book offers a balanced account of the changing importance of work and consumption in contemporary industrial society. Clearly written, the author identifies the central role that affluence plays in the relationship between work and consumption, and in the development of social life and individual identity' - "Professor Paul Blyton, Cardiff Business School""

Objects of Desire - Consumer Behaviour in Shopping Centre Choices (Hardcover, 2005 ed.): C. Dennis Objects of Desire - Consumer Behaviour in Shopping Centre Choices (Hardcover, 2005 ed.)
C. Dennis
R2,253 Discovery Miles 22 530 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

What determines where people shop? Why would shoppers visit one shopping centre rather than another? Developers, backers, planners and Government will wish to estimate the viability of proposed new centres. Developers wish to plan, build and/or improve shopping centres to maximize profitable retail sales and shopper satisfaction. This book explores a range of perspectives from the traditional to the latest thinking. These approaches are drawn together with a summary of the hypotheses for which the author has found support.

Researching Health Care 'Consumers' - Critical Approaches (Paperback, 2004 ed.): Jennifer Burr, Paula Nicolson Researching Health Care 'Consumers' - Critical Approaches (Paperback, 2004 ed.)
Jennifer Burr, Paula Nicolson
R1,018 Discovery Miles 10 180 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The NHS continues to undergo a series of reforms with an increasing emphasis on user 'choice' and 'empowerment' of health service users, with the requirement that all aspects of health care operate from an 'evidence' or 'knowledge' base. This text presents a variety of research methods that have been used to elicit users' views of health care, including health forums, public opinion surveys and focus groups. It provides a critical overview of key contemporary research issues and methodologies, and will be a valuable resource for anyone doing research with consumers of health services.

Consuming Kids - The Hostile Takeover of Childhood (Hardcover): Susan Linn Consuming Kids - The Hostile Takeover of Childhood (Hardcover)
Susan Linn
R857 Discovery Miles 8 570 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With the intensity of the California gold rush, corporations are racing to stake their claim on the consumer group formerly known as children. What was once the purview of a handful of companies has escalated into a gargantuan enterprise estimated at over $15 billion annually. While parents struggle to set limits at home, marketing executives work day and night to undermine their efforts with irresistible messages.
In "Consuming Kids," psychologist Susan Linn takes a comprehensive and unsparing look at the demographic advertisers call "the kid market," taking readers on a compelling and disconcerting journey through modern childhood as envisioned by commercial interests. Children are now the focus of a marketing maelstrom, targets for everything from minivans to M&M counting books. All aspects of children's lives - their health, education, creativity, and values - are at risk of being compromised by their status in the marketplace.
Interweaving real-life stories of marketing to children, child development theory, the latest research, and what marketing experts themselves say about their work, Linn reveals the magnitude of this problem and shows what can be done about it. With a foreword written by research psychologist and author Penelope Leach, "Consuming Kids" is a call to action for parents, educators, legislators and anyone who cares about the health and well-being of children.

What Should I Do If Reverend Billy Is in My Store? (Hardcover): Bill Talen What Should I Do If Reverend Billy Is in My Store? (Hardcover)
Bill Talen
R473 R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Save R82 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Reverend Billy is a revivalist preacher who leads the Church of Stop Shopping, an anticonsumerist communion devoted to putting the odd into God. Created by the actor Bill Talen, the Reverend first appeared alongside the sidewalk preachers in New York's Times Square during the Giuliani years, bringing his new post-religious theology to eager crowds. Now Reverend Billy has a cult following across the country and was recently featured in a profile in the New York Times Magazine. In these pages we go inside the Disney Store on 42nd Street ("the high church of retail") to witness staged dramas against consumerism that employ eight hundred Disney characters with their "reeling eyeballs and sky-cracking grins" as the mise-en-scene. We encounter the icon-twisting logic of credit card exorcism performed in front of astonished tourists and listen to a gospel choir made up of "recovered preachers' kids" singing anti-Starbucks anthems at the cash register of the $5 latte. We watch as the defense of a community garden is turned into an Off-Broadway hit and join with the Reverend as he preaches love and peace to the crowds that gathered spontaneously in Union Square after the attacks of September 11.

Political Virtue and Shopping - Individuals, Consumerism, and Collective Action (Hardcover, 2003 ed.): M. Micheletti Political Virtue and Shopping - Individuals, Consumerism, and Collective Action (Hardcover, 2003 ed.)
M. Micheletti
R2,372 Discovery Miles 23 720 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Shoppers can express their values as they search for value. Political consumerism is turning the market into a site for politics and ethics, as consumer choices reflect personal attitudes and purchases are informed by ethical or political assessment of business and government practice. In such forms as boycotts, when consumers refuse to buy, or buycotts, where consumers shift their purchases, the ostensibly apolitical marketplace is a site of contestation at the intersection of globalization and individualization. This book opens readers' eyes to a new way of viewing everyday consumer choices and the role of the market in our lives, illuminating the broader theoretical and historical context of concerns about sweatshops, responsible coffee, and ethical and free trade.

?Como compro inteligentemente? (Spanish, Paperback): Andres Panasiuk ?Como compro inteligentemente? (Spanish, Paperback)
Andres Panasiuk
R183 R126 Discovery Miles 1 260 Save R57 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Estirar el dinero parece ser lo que todos desean. Como vivimos en una sociedad donde impera el consumerismo, se hace dificil comprar lo que se necesita no por emociones ni deseos. En su libro "?Como compro inteligentemente?, " Andres Panasiuk presenta siete principios faciles de aplicar al comprar, asi como una guia precisa para hacer mayores inversiones.

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